Yo Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
Real Name/Full Name Yo-Yo Ma
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Yo-Yo Ma
Birth Place: Paris, France
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 7 October 1955
Age/How Old: 68 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 178 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 8″
Weight: In Kilograms – 75 Kg
In Pounds – 165 lbs
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Black
Parents Name: Father – Hiao-Tsiun Ma
Mother – Marina Liu
Siblings: Yeou-Cheng Ma
School: Juilliard School
College: Harvard University
Religion: N/A
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Jill Hornor
Kids/Children Name: Emily Ma and Nicholas Ma
Profession: Cellist
Net Worth: $35 Million
Last Updated: July 2024

Yo-Yo Ma is an American cellist born of Taiwanese parents. Ma has performed as a soloist all over the world. He has recorded more than 90 albums and received 18 Grammy Awards. Apart from his recordings of the standard classical repertoire, he has recorded a wide variety of folk music such as American bluegrass, traditional Chinese melodies and tangos of Ástor Piazzolla, an Argentine composer. The life and career of Ma is unique, let us go through the life of this great performer.

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Biography and Early Life

Yo-Yo Ma was born on the 7th of October 1955 in Paris, France to Chinese Parents. His mother, Marina Liu, was a singer and his father, Hiao-Tsin Ma was a violinist and professor of music. Having such a musical background, Ma fell in love with music at a young age and was a child prodigy in music.

From the earliest possible age, Ma played the violin, piano and later viola. He started on the cello when he was four years old in 1960 and played for presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Yo-Yo Ma in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Yo-Yo Ma’s age is 68 years old as of today’s date 12th July 2024 having been born on 7 October 1955. Though, he is 5′ 8″ in feet and inches and 178 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 165 lbs in Pound and 75kg in Kilograms.


He attended the Trinity School in New York but at 15, he was transferred to the Professional Children’s School. Ma studied at the Juilliard School at age 19 and later attended Columbia University, from which he later dropped out. He later enrolled at Harvard College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1976.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Yo Yo Ma With Wife Jill Hornor
Yo-Yo Ma With Wife Jill Hornor

Ma is currently married to Jill Hornor after they tied the knot in 1978. Together, the couple has two children together, Emily and Nicholas Ma. Apart from just being praised for being an incredible musician, Ma is also respected for being a man of unquestionable character and humility.

Is Yo-Yo Ma Gay?

No, Ma is not gay.

Professional Career

Ma’s music has been used in a number of films as soundtracks. He was featured on the soundtrack of the Hollywood film, Seven Years in Tibet; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and many others. In addition to his musical career, he collaborated with landscape architects to create a Bach-inspired garden, originally planned for Boston, Toronto enthusiastically embraced the plan and was built in the Harbourfront neighborhood.

In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. His music was featured on the 2010 documentary, Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, narrated by Dustin Hoffman. He was later presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

In 2010, he was named Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and launched the Citizen Musician Initiative with Riccardo Muti. In 2010, he appeared on a solo album by guitarist, Carlos Santana, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, with singer, India Arie on a Beatles’ classic, While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

In 2015, he performed with James Taylor for two separate tracks on Taylor’s chart-topping record, Before This World: You and I Again. Ma formed his own Silk Road Ensemble, following the Silk Road trade route in which he aimed to unite artists from different countries and diverse cultures who were linked to the Silk Road. In 2019, he was supposed to direct at the 2019 Youth Music Culture Guangdong.


Ma’s career has been nothing short of impressive. During his career: he has won the Kennedy Centre Awards in 2011, the Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album in 2017, the National Medal of Arts in 2001, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, the Glen Gould Prize in 2011, the Avery Fisher Prize in 1978, the Polar Music Prize for Classical Music in 2012 and so many others.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Yo-Yo Ma in ’2024’

Yo Yo Ma Net Worth
Yo-Yo Ma Net Worth

Yo-Yo Ma’s career as a cellist is nothing short of incredible. The icon has proved to the world over and over again how good he is. After a long and impressive career, Ma has been able to establish a respectable net worth. As of 2024, he has an estimated net worth of $35 Million.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • Apart from just being a brilliant performer, Ma has also dedicated some of his time to philanthropy, being a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2006.
  • According to research by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ma’s paternal ancestry can be traced back to eighteen generations until the year, 1217.

Yo-Yo Ma is an incredible artist and cellist who is incredibly talented and absolutely loves his craft. Apart from just impressing crowds on the biggest stages, he is also a teacher who is very well respected. We should be honored to be able to witness Yo-Yo Ma perform.


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